This mid morning put a bit of bird feed out on a stump near the new fishing platform and in no time had quite a few birds coming down despite the cars and dog walkers passing by within metres…..3 nuthatch, 3 coaltit, 2 chaffinch, blue and great tits numerous, 3 robins, dunnock, wren, Jackdaws, blackbird….. All to the accompaniment of the of the water rail squawking .
This morning whilst sorting the Blackbirds’apples in the garden, a frantic clattering of pigeon wings made me jump and look up, just in time to see a huge female Peregrine scything across the lawn, narrowly missing the pigeon and swooping vertically up for another strike , but the pigeon had dived into cover-pity as I already had pictures lined up in my head! – the Peregrine swept round in a wide circle , then drifted off towards the lake…phew! Back to the humdrum: a Woodie and 5 goldfinches to add to the tits.
These were taken a couple of days ago on the 4th Dec…. went up to the same holly tree nr Hundred House today and they have stripped every single berry off …. As one can see the tree was festooned.With the high winds yesterday I wouldn’t have imagined they would have bothered but not a berry on or below.. When they were feeding… at least 50 of each at one time, you should have seen them scatter when Kevs Sprawk ( not really it was a female) made a strike…unfortunatley for me and the bird it happened on the blind side of the tree.
Not much to be seen following the storm-had high hopes of something unusual , but just the Goosanders @ the lake. Same in garden-constantly looking for some new arrivals, but no redpolls , no Siskins , no Bramblings etc. Sprawk continues with little success of late.
The Goldeneyes have returned! 8 on Dolymynach , but only one male oddly.Also a Peregrine perched on a crag high above Craig Goch and finally 12 Kites circling miles above the VC…tiny dots in the sinking afternoon sun.There were two attractive birds by the bridge to the Claerwen with huge helmets and chainsaws, but I can’t find them in the book !!!! Sorry about pics, but too distant.